Qasr Al-Hosn Abu Dhabi
Your visit to Abu Dhabi would be incomplete if you don’t take the time to learn about the city’s cultural and historical heritage. What better place to begin than the symbolic birthplace of Abu Dhabi?
In a city racing towards the future, Qasr Al Hosn is a steadfast reminder of its past. Al-Hosn is one of Abu Dubai’s most important historical landmarks and the city’s oldest structure.
The magnificent white fortress is surrounded by sprawling skyscrapers in the city centre. Qasr Al Hosn’s foundations date back to 1760. It has served as a community library, the seat of government, the home of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, and as a fort over the centuries.
Following lots of restoration work by the Abu Dhabi government, Qasr Al-Hosn now serves mainly as a museum. Its most recent transformation includes a visual arts centre, a massive new theatre, an outdoor gallery, two new exhibition halls, a children’s library, and a prayer area.
There’s also a mangrove garden, a prominent water feature, and a ‘house of artisans’, where you can watch live demonstrations of traditional handicrafts like weaving, tailoring, pottery, and basketry.
Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital
The UAE has a long history with falconry. It is actually a part of the nation’s rich heritage and culture.
The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the world’s first and largest hospital devoted exclusively to falcons. Every year, approximately 6,000 birds visit this one-of-a-kind hospital for treatment, high-quality check-ups, and feather substitution.
A visit to Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital allows you to experience the magnificent birds of prey in a close, personal setting while also providing an interesting look at the history of falcons in the region.
Take a tour of the hospital, see an actual falcon pedicure, and watch the birds swoop through a free-flight aviary; the size and captivating backdrop are ideal for excellent photographic opportunities with falcons.
Deepen your experience by visiting the onsite museum, which features an intriguing exhibit that explains the history of falconry. Coming here will undoubtedly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget.